St Patrick's Festival Information
St. Patrick's Day is over for another year. We hope you had fun!
We'll update this page again next year ahead of the 2019 festival.
St. Patrick's Day on 17th of March and The St. Patrick's Festival which is on from 15th - 19th of March is Dublin's biggest festival.
Our Airlink Express service will bring you directly to Dublin Airport to the heart of the action in the city centre, and The Hop on Hop off tour will provide Dublin's No.1 St. Patrick's Festival Tour of the city.
There will be some disruptions to the DoDublin services during the festival. See the bottom of this page for details.
Note; Hop on Hop off tour does not operate on St. Patrick's Day.
The St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off at 12pm on Saturday 17th of March, with bands, street performers and all of Ireland’s top theatre and pageant companies represented. The theme this year is “Home is Where the Heart is”. See below for a map of the parade route. Legendary Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, better known as Luke Skywalker, is the guest of honour of the festival this year and the parade promises to be bigger and better than ever. Once the parade is over the merriment continues in the pubs, cafés and restaurants as well as on the streets of Dublin city throughout the day.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
If you don’t over-do it on St. Patrick’s Day then go along to see the 5km Road Race, which starts at St. Stephen’s Green at 12:00pm on 18th of March.
There are carnivals in Merrion Square and Custom House Quay throughout the festival, and events are planned in attractions throughout the city. Visit the festival website events page for details of events planned.
“Greening the city” is now an annual event, where businesses and public buildings around Ireland go green to help join in the celebrations so keep an eye out for some spectacular displays around the city.
See the best of the city, visit all the attractions and go see all your favourite events on board the DoDublin Hop on Hop off tour. Book your Hop on Hop off Tour now!
Note; The Hop on Hop off tour does not operate on St. Patrick’s Day (17th of March) as the streets of Dublin are literally full of party-goers for the entire day and the buses cannot get through, however any 48hour or 72 hour tickets for the tour will be honoured on the 18th of March.
For more information on the St Patrick’s Festival visit; http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/
Learn more about the main man himself with our history of St. Patrick.
Disruptions to DoDublin Services;
16th to 20th March;
757 Route: Both Directions - Merrion Row, Merrion Square, and Clare street stops will not be operating due to funfair in Merrion Square.
757 Route: Airport to City Centre - Eden Quay and Hawkins Street stops will not be operating due to Funfair in Custom House Quay.
17th March; 747 Route will have reduced service between Dublin Airport and City Centre. Buses will depart from, and terminate at Heuston Station and Busáras. A Sunday Timetable will operate on all routes on St. Patrick's Day. See times & routes for Sunday Service times.
18th March (from 10am to 1pm);
757 Route from Airport will terminate at stop #350 on Townsend Street (after North Wall Quay stop).
757 Route to Airport; Departs from Charlotte Way, then stops at Dublin Bus Stop number 350 Townsend Street then continues as normal from Busáras.
19th March; 747 and 757 routes will have a Sunday Service. See times & routes for Sunday Service times.
Hop on Hop off Tour
16th to 20th: Stops at Merrion Square will not operate due to festival activities.
Tour buses will not operate on Saturday 17th of March due to St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Tour will operate a full schedule on 18th of March.